Jobs: Perks at Work

Although budget tightening has forced many companies to cut back health-care and other job benefits, some firms find they have to offer ever more inventive perks to attract and retain the best employees. They're serving up everything from free food and on-site dry cleaning to discounted pet insurance and medical coverage for aging parents. --By Jeremy Caplan


Employers' health-care costs rose an average 12% last year. To stem the growth of medical payouts, firms increasingly focus on keeping workers healthy. "Companies prefer action rather than reaction," says Dallas Salisbury, CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. "They're using...

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